Six remanded in custody over terror group membership

Six men accused of being members of a republican terrorist group have been remanded in custody by the Special Criminal Court.

Six men accused of being members of a republican terrorist group have been remanded in custody by the Special Criminal Court.

The men, who were arrested in a raid on a border town house earlier this month, were remanded after police objected to bail, saying they would commit serious offences if freed.

They are suspected of membership of the Real IRA, which carried out the Omagh bombing, and have been charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the IRA.

It is alleged they were planning a paramilitary punishment beating in the house in Dundalk, Co Louth, when it was raided by police.

The men, all from Dundalk, were; Dalton McKevitt, 26, from St Aubins Avenue Road; Niall Farrell, 25, from Cedarwood Park; Tony O'Hare, 40, from Marian Park; Vincent McKevitt, 44, from Mountain Court; Alan Browne, 34, from Mountain Court; and Eoin Quigley, 29, from Oakland Park.

Vincent McKevitt, the 44-year-old brother of Michael McKevitt, currently awaiting trial in Portlaoise prison accused of directing terrorism, was on bail on a membership charge at the time he was arrested.

Detective Superintendent Michael Hoare was asked, in the case of O'Hare, why he objected to bail.

He said: "I believe he is a member of an unlawful organisation that has been responsible for serious crimes in this country or other jurisdictions. These crimes include the use of firearms and explosives culminating in a particularly heinous crime in Omagh in which 29 people were killed."

He told of the weapons and equipment found in the house - on Nicholas Street in Dundalk - including a sawn-off shotgun, pistol, hammers, balaclavas, two-way radios and radio scanners.

In his case, and in the case of the other five men, the court refused to grant bail on grounds that they may commit serious offences while at liberty.

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